Executive Producer Warren Littlefield and crew have begun production on the third season of the Fargo TV show for FX. They began shooting in Calgary, Alberta at the beginning of the new year, before escaping to sunny Pasadena for the TCA winter press tour.
Fargo season three stars Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis, and Michael Stuhlbarg. It is said to be set in the present and will feature McGregor in the dual roles of brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. Learn more about the third season on FX, after the jump.
About Fargo Season Three on FX
“Twenty years ago, Emmit and Ray’s dad passed, and he left to Emmit his Corvette Stingray and to Ray his stamp collection,” executive producer Warren Littlefield told Vulture. “Ray was like, ‘Wow that ‘vette is really cool,’ and Emmit was like, ‘You’re the cool guy anyway and I don’t really care about it and should we just swap.’ And so they did. Is there a rub? There’s a rub.”
In the present-day, which is 2010, Ray is a parole officer and Emmit, the older of the two, is the parking-lot king of Minnesota. “But Ray’s had hard years so he doesn’t look that way,” Littlefield said. “One has had skin care and moisture and microdermabrasions, and the other one — not so much. So you’ve got a quality of life that affects how they age and the way they look at the world. That resentment has been building for 20 years, and that launches us into this year.”
According to the report, Fargo season three will be the most “contemporary” installment of the drama to date and will explore the ways in which technology affects our lives and society at large.
Fargo Season Three: Who’s Who?
Coons, who plays Sheriff Gloria Burgle, says her character’s personal life is falling apart. “She is trying to hang on to who she is inside of what’s happening in the macrocosm in the world she’s policing. I think she is representing decency and ethics — how successful she is is what I think the show is asking this season.”
Winstead is Nikki Swango. The actress describes her character as “smart and savvy” who “definitely has a history and a past and a dark side to her.”
Thewlis is playing the mysterious VM Vargas. Having only filmed one scene, he doesn’t yet know what names those initials represent. The actor added, “He’s from out of town. He is possibly ill-mannered and lacking in virtue. He’s a Machiavellian-type character and unscrupulous.”
Stuhlbarg plays Emmit’s business partner, Sy Feltz. He indicated that while he also knows Emmit’s brother Ray, he is closer to Emmit and may be “in some ways more brotherly than his brother.”
Will Fargo Season Three Touch on Season One?
Littlefield promised there will be small references or “kisses” to the past. Here is more from Vulture.
“We like the idea that, as you saw in year two, there’s this wonderful old book that might say True Crimes of Midwest — imagine the Coens’ movie might be a chapter, and each season of Fargo is a chapter from that book. We will have a kiss to season one that we think is appropriate because we’re doing a different film each year. But yes, they are related geographically and [there are] some thematic touches. We make some character kisses as well. That’s part of the DNA that Noah [Hawley] uses to honor where we came from — from the Coens. Then he takes off in his own original direction.”
A reporter at the Fargo presentation asked if any actors from season one would make cameos. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Littlefield sounded guarded and not optimistic. He said, “It’s a big region. I think the important thing about year three is intimacy. We’re a smaller cast. And it allows us to go deeper with each of these characters. Noah does not want to repeat himself.”
What do you think? Are you excited for the third season of the Fargo TV show? Do you plan to watch, when it premieres this spring on FX?